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Brachytherapy is a type of radiation that uses radiation to treat different types of cancer. High dose radiation or low dose radiation may be used depending on the type of cancer and diagnosis. This non-surgical and non-invasive treatment is specific to each patient’s needs. During the procedure, a radioactive seed is placed in a special plastic applicator, which is then laid over the treatment area for five to 10 minutes.
The following cancers we treat with Brachytherapy:
- Gynecological cancers
- Breast cancer
- Head and Neck cancers
- Bronchus or airway cancer
- Skin cancer
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For some breast cancer patients, surgery may not eliminate all cancer cells. In this situation, high dose radiation (HDR) breast brachytherapy may be recommended to target the cancerous cells potentially remaining around the cavity created by the removal of the tumor by lumpectomy.
The head and neck are difficult to treat and require a careful approach in order to preserve the appearance and function of the affected areas. LDR (low dose radiation) brachytherapy is a complex treatment enabling surgeons to protect the head and neck as much as possible while eliminating cancer cells.